Dear Readers, In Love and War is another collection
you’ll love. I love the writing of each of these authors, but I’m only
interviewing one of them.
Welcome back, Trish. How
did your story for the collection come about?
I wanted to set More Than Meets the Eye in nearby Washington, D.C., but I
didn't want to write the stereotypical Washington
politically themed story. So I made sure there were plenty of ad agencies in Washington and made both
of my protagonists designers—I liked the idea of them having an artistic bent.
And because this would be a relatively short work, I made them old high school
classmates so they'd already have some history when they met at the beginning
of the novella.
Are these stories
connected in some way? If so, how?
Yes, our overall theme is romantic rivals, so there's
conflict between the hero and heroine in each novella.
What are you reading
I'm reading Anne Tyler's contemporary novel, Breathing Lessons, as well as Jennifer
Donnelly's The Winter Rose, set in
How many other books
have you had published?
I've published 12 romances and four books of devotions (with
What is the hardest
thing about writing a part of a collection?
It really depends upon the collection. In this case, it was
easy for us to adhere to the common theme, which was our sole parameter. But
I've been involved in other collections in which the stories were connected by
events, or history, or family lines. When that happens, the different authors
have to be far more coordinated in their efforts, and they're restricted in how
much control they have over their stories.
How did collaborating
with this team impact you?
This project has been a dream. Every author is seasoned and
professional. Not a diva or brat in the bunch! So I've thoroughly enjoyed
working with these fine authors (Debby Mayne, Miralee Ferrell, and Kimberly
Rose Johnson) and would gladly do so again. I think we've written a fun group
of stories here.
What did you want the
reader to take away from your story?
My story involves a young woman who remembers the hero from
their high school years, when his behavior offended her and left a lasting, bad
taste in her mouth. She's cautious and unforgiving toward him right from the
start. I hope my readers will understand what she gets wrong and what she gets
right and maybe identify with how they might be making the same mistakes. We
all make assumptions and incorrect judgments in life—we're only human!
Please give us a peek
into your story.
Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D.C.,
agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky,
love-’em-and-leave-’em type when they attended the same high school ten years
ago, and she senses he hasn’t changed much since then. When the two ad
designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she
wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least
of her worries.
What is the best
piece of advice you received as an author?
If you insist on reading reviews of
your work, take neither the most glowing nor the most glaring too much to
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